Angel Nadal Quirch

Nadal's very popular Buster.

Angel Nadal Quirch was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1930 . He began to work in comics in 1944 as an art assistant to others. In 1946 he published some adventure pages for the publishing house Fantasio, such as Azul and Tokán the invincible one, although he soon oriented his works towards the humor comic strip.

In the magazine Valencian Jaimito for the publisher Editorial Sindulfo he produced Saccharin in 1948, and in the same year he began to work for the Bruguera Publishing house. For Bruguera, he created several characters for Pulgarcito magazine: Casildo Calasparra (1948), Sandalio Pergamín (1948), Don Folio (1951), Don Cloroformo (1951) and Paschal (1953). The style of his work for Bruguera is a mixture of cartoon and realism. Soon he showed his capacity to draw streamlined and elegant women, who appeared in series like Rosita, the vampire (1951) and Marilín, modern girl (1959). Other series were dedicated to sexy women (The women of Nadal, 1954; The girls of Nadal, 1959).

It was around this time that he developed his comic strip talent that reflected the life of young marrieds of the time, like Matildita and Anacleto: a complete marriage, and Maripili and Gustavito. In spite of the naivete of their expression, these series' were not free of a certain critical tone.

In 1960 he left the Bruguera publishing house and the Spanish comic market and began to work for international art agencies, funneling his talents towards the British market. For Fleetway he drew the character of Buster, in the comic of the same name. He also worked on The Nuts, Milkiway the Man from Mars, Lazy Spockett, Big 'Ead, Penny Pincher, Blarney Bluffer, Minnie's Mixer, Ug and Tug, Professor Nutcase and Buster's Diary strips.

Through the agency Barton Art, Nadal was also introduced into the German market, for which he developed several humourous comic strips, published in magazines like Primo and Zack. In 1970 he drew several Disney characters, such as Goofy and Mickey Mouse, for the Danish publishing house Gutenberghus.

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